Study Guide

The Once and Future King Characters

By T.H. White

Wart/Arthur

Most of the story throughout the four books features our main man: King Arthur. He's either...

Lancelot Dulac

This French knight is Arthur's right-hand man… and also the illicit lover of his...

Guenever

Guenever is the daughter of King Leodegrance, and brings the Round Table with her as a marriage...

Merlyn

This guy is like a cross between Obi Wan Kenobi and the crazy Doc from Back to the Future. He's...

The G-Boys: Gawain, Mordred, Agravaine, Gareth, and Gaheris

Also known as The Gawains, the Orkney clan of Dunlothian is related to Arthur through Igraine...

Gawain

Gawain is the oldest of the G-boys. Red-haired, big, brawny, and hot-tempered, you can't get much...

Mordred

Mordred (the baby of the family) is the main villain of the novels. He's Arthur's son and nephew,...

Agravaine

Agravaine is the second oldest of the Gawains. His defining trait? He's a bully. Straight up....

Gareth

Gareth is the second-youngest brother, but his bro Gawain refers to him (when he's practically a...

Gaheris

The books seem the least interested in Gaheris, who is the oldest G-boy. We pretty much only know...

Morgause

Morgause is the self-absorbed, narcissistic, self-indulgent Queen of Lothian and Orkney. She's...

Sir Kay

Kay is Ector's son, and Arthur's foster brother. The book describes him as "clever, quick, proud...

Galahad

And then there's this guy. Galahad. In some of White's source material, he's referred to as...

King Pellinore

Pellinore is one of the characters (along with Sir Palomides and Sir Grummore) that give some...

Elaine of Corbin

Elaine (not to be confused with Elaine, Lancelot's mother, or Elaine, Arthur's sister) is King...

Saint Toirdealbhach

This Scottish "saint" is a sort of Merlyn-lite for the G-boys. He's a kind of heretic, drinks...

Uncle Dap

This is the only one in the fam who takes Lance seriously. He's a genius when it comes to armor...

Sir Bors

Lancelot's cousin is called "a misogynist" (K.15.1) and a "woman-hater" (K.39.12) many times by...

Sir Lionel

This guy is Lancelot's other cousin. He doesn't go in for morals like many of his family members...

Sir Meliagrance

This "cockney knight" kidnaps Guenever because he's in love with her. He's basically a plot...

Morgan le Fay

Another one of the Famous Cornwall Sisters, Morgan is Morgause's sister (and Arthur's aunt)....

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